Now this is a strange feeling: Promoting my first book, "Wild Merseyside" on the Birdblog....packed full of stuff - birds, insects, plants, mammals - from around Merseyside and out to Martin Mere, and aimed at everyone from beginners to grown-up birders, the pocket-sized paperback is DUE OUT TODAY!!!
Seems like years ago that I wrote the thing and pulled all the pictures together, but since last December the good folk at Sport Media have been tenderly nurturing and designing the book, and now it's finally here!
Thanks to them all for all their dedication and hard work.
Selling for an astoundingly reasonable ÃÂ£4.99, the 164 page book covers the wildlife of Merseyside through the seasons, with hordes of my own images, seriously enhanced by the proper photography of Steve Young, Richard Steel, Phil Smith and Andy Bate.
Thanks to them for providing me with pictures of species that I'd never have got decent shots of, like Little Gull, Leach's Petrel, Brown Hare, Gannet, Dune Helleborine, Sand Lizard, Manx Shearwater etc.
A digi-scoper has got to know his limitations.
"Wild Merseyside" should be on sale at any number of bookshops, newsagents etc around the region over the coming weeks, but you can also order it online at merseyshop.com here
If you don't want to order it over the web, you can contact Merseyshop by phone on 0845 143 1234.
I've even been asked to do book signings (which could be interesting), first of all at Broadhursts on Market Street, Southport, on Saturday March 14th, between noon and 1pm; then at Pritchards in Formby Village (Brows Lane) on March 21st, 10.30-11.30am, and later that same day at Pritchards in Moor Lane, Crosby, from noon to 1pm.
Why not come along and say hello?
And maybe even buy a copy....all contributions will be gratefully received!
Hope you like the book everybody...you never know, you might be in it - I've included four pages of your comments submitted to Birdblog over the last four years as an appendix.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...